Brandon Sutter (6) scored 52 seconds into overtime for his second goal of the game, capping off a thrilling 7-6 overtime win for the Pittsburgh Penguins over the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night at the Bell Center. Giving up six goals in a road game, you don’t normally come out with two points but the Penguins did tonight in one of the most entertaining games you’re going to see.
Prior to Sutter’s OT winner, there had already been four lead changes and on Sutter’s game winner he took a pass from Simon Despres on the rush, stepped around Max Pacioretty and beat goalie Carey Price with a high shot to the glove side to win the game for the Penguins and snap a two game losing streak.
Sutter called it a big win.
“Especially when you give up that many goals against,” Sutter said. “We still managed to find a way to win.
The goaltending and defensive play for the Penguins was awful as Tomas Vokoun continues to be a major concern.
Sutter, though, felt Vokoun came up with enough big saves.
“It might have been a tough night for goaltenders, but Tomas Vokoun still made a couple of big saves that kept us in the game. That’s all you ask of your goalies.”
In the win, Matt Cooke (5) and Chris Kunitz (11) both scored two goals, and Sidney Crosby (10) also scored for the Penguins who improved to 14-8-0.
Five Penguins posted multi-point games: Kris Letang (4 assists), Chris Kunitz (2 goals, 1 assist), Sidney Crosby (1 Goal, 2 Assists), Matt Cooke (2 Goals) and Brandon Sutter (2 Goals).
“That kind of game is great for the fans, but it’s what gives coaches gray hair,” Canadiens head coach Michel Therrien said. “But we managed to find a way to get a point.”
It there’s one thing to take out of this game is that both teams showed character in constantly battling back. When Pittsburgh went up 4-2 with what was a dominating second period until the final three minutes, Montreal could have easily shutdown, and Pittsburgh on the road could have easily imploded after giving up two goals in the final 2:22 of the second period, including a goal against with one second left in the period as their two goal lead was wiped out.